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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


Some answers  can be gleaned from the postings on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.


For almost 100 years the Pittsburgh region has been a metacenter of jazz originality that is second to no other in the history of jazz.  One of the best kept secrets in jazz folklore, the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy has heretofore remained mythical.  We have dubbed it “the greatest story never told” since it has not been represented in writing before now in such a way as to be accessible to anyone seeking to know more about it.  When it was happening, little did we know how priceless the memories would become when the times were gone.


Today jazz is still king in Pittsburgh, with events, performances and activities happening all the time. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the places, artists and fans that carry on the legacy of Pittsburgh's jazz heritage.






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       In Her Own Words

Benjy Myaz's Blog (10)


August 11, 2009


Benjy Myaz has, consistently, been on the charts of TheBeat.FM ( Internet Radio for the past year. He now occupies numbers one through five on their “Top 20 Singles Chart”; and is holding down the number three spot on the “Top 10 Artists” list. Based in San Diego, California, USA, TheBeat.FM boasts a listenership of approximately seven million persons, worldwide.

Occupying the number 1 spot is the ever-green… Continue

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Basil Walters Friday, June 19, 2009 For singer, musician, producer Benjy Myaz, it has all come full circle, and that is the revival of jam-sessions where musicians perform in small, informal spaces. It was in this setting, he along with friends, gave a celebratory performance at Christopher's Jazz Cafe located inside the Quad in New Kingston, last Thursday. Myaz. a picture of… Continue

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By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 20, 2009

With an increasing number of local entertainers becoming more caring and reaching out to the less fortunate among their fellowmen, recording artiste, vocalist/musician and producer Benjy Myaz once more strikes the right chord.

Myaz.... it's within my mission statement to help autistic kids in Jamaica, those talented ones

Joining the growing list of Jamaican artistes who are a part of the trend of going beyond… Continue

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"You've Got Me" The New Jazz/Reggae/R&B -Fused Bass instrumental album/Cd

"You've Got Me"

Over the years, musical geniuses such as Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, John Pattatucci to name a few have advanced the technique of utilizing the bass, not only as a root instrument, but also to hold together the melody of a song. With this influence, I was challenged to do so within the genre of my own musical accomplishments. Fundamentally, the bass was always the instrument that held together the root… Continue

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Benjy Myaz and friends - polished, soothing, inspiring

Basil Walters, Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

It certainly was not a night of "long story short", as Benjy Myaz called his last album released three years ago. On the contrary, with the help of friends singers A'Lisa, Charmaine Limonius and the Guyanese born saxophonist Courtney Fadlin, Myaz, the artiste, on Friday, gave the full length at the Red Bones Blues Café.

A singer, bass player and producer, Benjy delivered a most electic set covering a wide… Continue

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Benjy Myaz' 'Werks' delight at RedBones

published: Wednesday | October 8, 2008

Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer

At times Benjy Myaz relaxed on a high stool and led with his guitar, at other points he came front and centre and led with his voice, still with plucking the strings. Sometimes his voice stood on its own, at one point it alternated with special guest A'lisa, at others it gave way to Charmaine Limonius, just as he did with the guitar and saxophone of Courtney Fadlin.

In all cases the musician and singer, along with… Continue

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Musical Revolution Staged at Christopher’s Singers Night

March 6, 2008, Kingston, Jamaica

Acclaimed musician and vocalist Benjy Myaz waged war at Singers Night at Christopher's Café in the Quad on Thursday March 6, as he sought to continue a musical revolution against what he sees as imbalances that continue to exist in the Jamaican music industry. Myaz dedicated Dennis Brown's classic hit Revolution to all persons in the music industry who actively resist the trend of payola, widely claimed to be plaguing the radio sector in… Continue

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"Jamaica, It’s Time to Sing Out!" ...Myaz Lauds Re-emerging Live Music trends*

May 1, 2008: Kingston, Jamaica:

Musician, performer and producer Benjy Myaz has expressed delight at what he describes as a positive trend he has noticed on the Jamaican music scene, the re-emerging tradition of live music being consistently performed in small performance spaces across Jamaica's capital city. "It has all come full circle. I remember the days of the jam-session where musicians were performing in small, informal spaces in Kingston. I am glad to see this being revived in… Continue

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An inspired Benjy rocks Red Bones.

Monday, June 02, 2008

An inspired Benjy rocks Red Bones

Singer, Benjy Myaz was truly awesome on Friday night at Red Bones in Kingston. The crooner had the capacity audience enthralled as he delivered a musical repast which included two 40-minute sets and, of course, a truly deserved encore.

This awesome performance begged the question, why don't we see Benjy in concert more often? It is totally mind-boggling that an artiste of this calibre is not featured on all the big… Continue

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A Long Time Coming

"My love for music drives my creativity. Music is not just a job; I have a very deep love for it. I've made my sacrifices for the music to be on this level, the money is secondary. I'm about chasing creativity, not the competition." --Benjy Myaz ..

Story by Stan Evan Smith 2.17.06

As a jazz instrumentalist and bassist, Benjy Myaz has made his mark in Jamaican music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. Benjy's last record was released in 2000. The question on the lips of lovers'… Continue

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